Nov 17, 2022 · Related: Play for keeps, Playing for keeps, Playin’ for keeps. What does Played for keeps mean? To have played to win. Example sentence: “We showed up and played for keeps.” Played for keeps in songs: “I played for keeps, there’s no escaping me, I have a bitch scared And chained to me, and throw away the key” – Eminem, Kick Off .. "/>